Be it a reaction to junk food or to soaring vegetable prices, weekend time pass or a simple way to stay fit, maintaining a kitchen garden has become an increasingly popular practice. Whether we have a balcony, a roof or a small courtyard, we can all aspire to our tiny patch of greenery and enjoy healthy and tasty vegetables.
Nevertheless, amateur gardeners should follow some tips and tricks to achieve their gourmet kitchen garden:
1. Choose the right spot
Those who are spoiled for choice should...
Originally published in the Journal de Montréal on October 24, 2009.
Cilantro is an herbaceous plant that looks a bit like parsley or chervil, but it has a completely different taste. Its leaves are used as an aromatic herb, while its dried seeds, commonly known as coriander, are used as a spice.
Coriander seeds have been used for more than 6,000 years to add flavour to breads, and they are even mentioned in the Bible (Exodus 16:31). Tiny (a few millimetres in diameter), hollow, light bro...
Storing in the Fridge
If you are not going to use fresh herbs immediately after buying them, you should put them in the fridge. Simply wrap them in a moist paper towel and put them in a plastic bag (like a Ziploc). They should keep for about a week.
If you want to preserve them for longer, place the herbs in a glass with 2 to 3 cm of water. Then cover the glass with a plastic bag, securing it with a rubber band. This method will preserve them for 2 to 3 weeks. Don’t wash the herbs until y...